University of Ghana Researcher Receives International Recognition

Dr. Amos Laar, a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Population, Family & Reproductive Health, School of Public Health, University of Ghana has been recognized in one of the world’s leading Scientific Journals – The Lancet, for his efforts at combating nutrition-related non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in Ghana. The story appeared in Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology on June 11, 2019.

Prior to this recognition, Dr. Laar has been engaged internationally on matters relating to public health nutrition, including participating in the 66th Session of the UN-General Assembly Meeting in New York, 2011 during which a new international agenda on NCDs was birthed. Dr. Laar has also been Ghana’s representative at various High Level Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) global gathering events. In 2017, he was invited to present his work to the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa Expert Group Meeting on “Reducing Child Stunting in Africa.

Dr. Laar is currently leading a team of international researchers from Canada, The Netherlands, France, Belgium, Kenya, and Ghana to implement a project funded by the Canadian International Development Research Centre (IDRC) – seeking to “measure the healthiness of Ghanaian children’s food environments” so as to prevent obesity and NCDs.

Congratulations to Dr. Amos Laar for this achievement.